They didn’t know a lot about the Princess of Wales when they started, but now these 24 college students are well-versed in the life of Princess Diana and her failed marriage to Prince Charles. Why? They are rehearsing the original show, ‘Princess Diana the Musical’, by Omaha playwrights Karen Sokolof Javitch and Elaine Jabenis. This is the world-wide debut of a University production. Many students say they were just mesmerized by the music and wanted to be part of this historic story!
The 32 songs chronicle Diana’s life from her courtship with Prince Charles through their marriage and divorce. Ms. Javitch wrote the songs as she was grieving for the princess. “She is missed today as much as ever, because she gave so much to so many people. I wanted to capture her essence – her heart. But an added bonus is bringing her to life for a generation of students who were very young when she died. That’s why this musical is so good for schools. Princess Diana is someone they can all look up to, especially the girls.”
Many scenarios familiar to Diana admirers will be portrayed in the musical including Charles and Diana’s romance, wedding, and the ongoing Camilla conflict. Other key characters include Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Prince Philip and Fergie, her sister-in-law. The songs express humor, adoration, jealousy, love and more while telling the story of Princess Diana’s desperation to love and be loved.
Chuck Penington of the Grammy-award winning group, Mannheim Steamroller, arranged the music for Princess Diana, the Musical and is performing with his band.
Nebraska Wesleyan University will put on 8 shows in Lincoln and Omaha. Jack Parkhurst, the director, says that the musical is also perfect for community theatres and high schools to produce. For information about ‘Princess Diana the Musical’, call 402-393-3893 or visit our website https://nebrwesleyan.edu.